1742] To Horace Mann 163
presented the merchants' petition, signed by three hundred of them, and drawn up by Leonidas Glovers. This is to be heard next Wednesday. This gold chain came into Parliament cried up for his parts, but proves so dull, one would think he chewed opium. Earle says,' By God, I have heard an oyster speak as well twenty times.'
Well, now I come to yesterday: we met, not expecting much business. Five of our members were gone to the York election, and the three Lord Beauclerks4 to their mother's funeral at Windsor; for that old beauty St. Albans * is dead at last. On this they depended for getting the majority, and towards three o'clock, when we thought of breaking up, poured in their most violent questions: one was a motion for leave to bring in the Place Bill, to limit the number of placemen in the House. This was not opposed, because, out of decency, it is generally suffered to pass the Commons, and is thrown out by the Lords; only Colonel Cholmondeley5 desired to know if they designed to limit the number of those that have promises of places, as well as of those that have places now. I must
8 Glover, a merchant, author of Topham, of Windsor, to leave "him
Leonidas, apoem;J3oatZiC€a,atragedy, an estate. He was the father of
&o. Walyole. Tophara Beauclerk. (See note by
* Lord Vere, Lord Henry, and Horace Walpole in Works of Sir
Lord Sidney Beauclerk, sons of the C. H. Williams, vol. i. p. 47.) Duchess Dowager of St. Albans, who B Lady Diana Vere, eldest daughter,
is painted among the Beauties at and eventually heiress, of Aubrey
Hampton Court. Walpole. — Lord Vere, twentieth Earl of Oxford; m.
Vere Beauclerk (1699-1781), third (1694) Charles Beauclerk, first Duke
son of first Duke of St. Albans; or. of St. Albans; d. Jan. 15, 1742. Baron Vere of Hanworth, 1750; ff Colonel James Cholmondeley,
served in the navy and became brother of the Earl. Walpole.—B.
Admiral of the Blue; Lord of the 1708; d. 1775; second son of second
Admiralty, 1738-49. Lord Henry Earl of Cholmondeley; served in the
Beauclerk (1701-1761), fourth son of army, and was present at the battle
first Duke of St. Albans ; served in ofPontenoy; took part in the Scotch
the army and became Colonel of campaign of 1745-46. He greatly
foot. Lord Sidney Beauclerk (1702- distinguished himself at the battle
1744), fifth son of first Duke of St. of Ealkirk. He became a General
Albans; Vice-Chamberlain of the of foot, and was Colonel of the
Household, 1740. He was a notorious Inniskilling Dragoons, fortune-hunter, and induced a Mr.